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A child born in Cairo, Egypt, Ramez Naam went on to become a leading expert on technology and innovation. On October 5, Ramez Naam will keynote Fresh Energy’s inaugural fundraising breakfast, bursting with insights that with the right policy framework, another wave of technology innovation just might be genius enough to maximize our chances of overcoming one of humankind’s most daunting and intractable problems: climate change and fossil fuel dependency.

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325,000 reserved the new Tesla – what does it mean for EVs?

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This is the latest is a series of events showing the growing demand for electric vehicles (EVs) in Minnesota and nationally, including an all-electric room at the Twin Cities Auto Show and a steep discount on the Nissan Leaf in the month of March. With the Chevy Bolt (another 200 mile electric vehicle expected to cost around $35,000) set to release next year, a year ahead of the Model 3, a new issue is about to be raised in the world of electric vehicles: the downside of being first to market.

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DRIVE – NEUTRAL – REVERSE: What’s shifting EV markets?

The market for electric vehicles (EVs) has been developing rapidly over the past several years. As the market matures, it has the potential to make a dramatic impact not only on the auto industry but electric utilities, consumers, and the entire electric grid. To make sense of it all, we took a look at which market forces are shifting EVs into DRIVE, which are keeping the market in NEUTRAL, and which are moving things in REVERSE.

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Fresh Energy and PlugInConnect launch EV partnership

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Today, Fresh Energy and PlugInConnect are launching a special partnership focused on creating a more robust market for renewable energy fueled electric vehicles (EVs) throughout Minnesota. Jukka Kukkonen, the founder of PlugInConnect, will be providing extensive industry experience to compliment Fresh Energy’s depth of policy and regulatory expertise.

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Minnesota showcased for Drive Electric Week

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Drive Electric Week, running from September 12-20th, 2015, is a great example of how Minnesota is quickly becoming a leader in electric vehicles. With numerous events ranging from the Mall of America to the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market, the week’s activities aim to engage the public in learning about the widespread economic and environmental benefits of electric vehicles.

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